The meeting expressed serious concern over aggravating human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and continued brutalities of Indian forces against innocent Kashmiri people. It was reiterated that Pakistan will continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to people of occupied Kashmir. The meeting also discussed security matters related to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects. The participants expressed satisfaction on progress of operation Radd-ul-Fassad in the country.

Analysts on Telephone:

Brig. Retd. Aftab Afzal (Defence Analyst)

Situation in Kashmir is deteriorating day by day. A companion of Burhan Wani has been martyred and other protestors are being attacked by Indian forces. Pakistan is making political and diplomatic efforts for Kashmir and truly sympathizes with its people. During the meeting of national security committee, overall strategy is reviewed. All important issues are discussed in this meeting. The government in Kabul does not have a proper direction. The government and people in Afghanistan are confused. India and America are backing all negative activities in Afghanistan. Pakistan has made unprecedented sacrifices for Afghanistan. We have serious concerns about this situation. The terrorist incident in Kabul is condemnable where innocent people have died and got injured.  

Lt. Gen. Retd. Naeem Khan Lodhi (Former Secretary Defence)

It is positive development that security committee meeting took place. Such meeting should frequently take place to review the situation. The internal and external security situation come under discussion in these meetings. The situation in Kashmir is also reviewed during the meeting. Pakistan should give its best possible services for Kashmiris against Indian terrorist activities. At moral level, we should bring its case to ICJ and UN forums. We should tell the world about food deficiency and lack of medication in Kashmir. We should urge the global community to send observer groups to review situation in Kashmir.

Kabul explosion: Blast kills 80 near diplomatic area in Afghanistan and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky above the presidential palace and foreign embassies- Pakistan strongly condemns terrorist attack in Kabul

The explosion, one of the deadliest in Kabul and coming at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, occurred close to the fortified entrance to the German embassy on a road usually choked with traffic at that time of day, said Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for Kabul police. A public health official said at least 80 people had been killed and more than 350 wounded. The victims appear mainly to have been Afghan civilians and there were no immediate reports of casualties among foreign embassy staff.

Pakistan strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul on Wednesday morning

Foreign Office in a statement in Islamabad said that Pakistan being a victim of terrorism understands the pain and agony that such incidents inflict upon the people and society. Expressing sympathies with Afghan people, Pakistan said it firmly stands with Afghan brothers in this hour of grief and anguish. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa have strongly condemned the attacked in Kabul.

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Rashid (Expert on Afghan Affairs)

The major problem in Afghanistan is corruption in the state machinery. The elite class is capturing the power and common people do not have access to resources. It causes resentment in the people and provides recruits to militias like Taliban and ISIS. They use this sentiment against the Afghanistan state. This is Afghanistan’s internal issue and instead of blaming Pakistan they should control their own situation. The government in power in Afghanistan does not have its writ throughout the country. Afghanistan is turning out to be rent-A state and being used in the hands of India. Afghanistan should build cordial relations with its immediate neighbor, i.e., Pakistan.

Host: Dr. Shafiq ur Rehman

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